July 2013 Issue: 7 SECRETARY’S NOTE Highlights for the month of June was the Children’s programme. The Creative Thinking and Decision Making Workshop for children in the age group of 11 to 20 years was held on 22 June. Swimming Competition for children in the age group 4 to 19 years was held on 23 June which evinced interest from children and parents alike. Heartfelt thanks to Lt Col Ravi S Bangari (Retd), who took the initiative not only to conduct both the events, but also sponsored the book purchase vouchers for all the winners of swimming competition. His spirited involvement is indeed laudable. Another children's programme, Bookalore is being held on 20 July 13. This will be an educative and innovative event for children. The event is being held under the aegis of Book Club, Bangalore. Children should not miss this event which promises lots of fun and action. The much awaited event, the Monsoon Queen Pageant will be held on 13 July 2013. Book Club – Bookalore Event at RSI Puppet Tales (Ages 3 – 7) Want to say ‘Hello’ to a baby rhino from Kaziranga? Fancy meeting a dinosaur with a sense of humour? Ready to go on an adventure to find the sun? You never know WHAT will happen when author and storyteller Vijaylakshmi Nagaraj and her puppets take the stage; Come and find out! The Great Star Chase (Ages 8 – 12) Get puzzle-cracking, riddle-solving and bad-guy-bashing with the intrepid Taranauts Zarpa, Zvala and Tufan as they race against the dingdial to beat master villain Shaap Azur! Join author Roopa Pai in the universe of Mithya at the launch of the eighth and final book in her popular fantzy-adventure series Tranauts. Super prizes for winners! Don’t miss all the excitement on Saturday July 20th between 11 am and 1 pm at the RSI. Members are requested to register the names of their children at the reception by 15th July 2013. Monsoon Queen Pageant Monsoon Queen Pageant has been scheduled to be conducted at Cariappa Hall of RSI on 13 July 2013 (Saturday), commencing at 8 PM. The event will comprise of Beauty Pageant combined with Cultural and Fashion Show. Glimpses of Children's Swimming Competition JOURNEY IN MILITARY SPECIAL TRAIN A couple of decades ago, when I was a young captain in an infantry battalion, we were slated to move from a field area to a peace station, as part of the Infantry relief program. I was the designated quartermaster and planned everything meticulously for the movement of our battalion. We were supposed to travel on a military special train that was scheduled to arrive at a nearby railway station somewhere in north-east India. While we camped near the railway station awaiting the military special, the atmosphere was a mix of emotions. For bachelors like me and other young officers it was fun attending officers mess parties and badakhanas with the relieving unit, whereas for married officers and jawans with families, it was happy and expectant feeling as their families would join them at the peace station. There was an interesting incident one morning while we waited at the railway station; there was no dearth of humour in uniform, ours being a Sikh Light Infantry battalion. Now, we were on radio link and not on a fixed line. That morning, the signal platoon Havildar brought a decoded radio message which read, “YOUR ATTA DRWN TO OUR SIGNAL NO.------- “The word, ‘ATTN’ (for ‘Attention’) was erroneously decoded as ‘ATTA’ and the havildar assumed it to be atta (meaning flour), and brought message to me instead of the Adjutant, since the quartermaster is responsible for the provisioning of rations to troops. On seeing the message I burst into laughter to the predicament of Havildar, and I could not stop myself from sharing this with other officers. The train arrived after a wait of nearly a week. The special train was special in every way; right from missing bulbs throughout the train to the missing cushions in the first class seats and even missing window panes on windows. We army men always manage with whatever is available. We spread our mattresses out on the berths, lit lantern and established communications among the officers’ carriages, the engine-driver and the guard at the rear with our field telephones, by running our rugged looking telephone cables outside the carriages. As our special train passed through railway stations, curious onlookers tried making sense of our lantern-lit train with onboard communications and than gave up. During peace-time, military special train has the least priority, after express-trains, mails, passenger-trains and goods-trains. At important railway stations, even stoppages for military special trains are not at the usual platforms, and instead were at railway yards. Hence our train took 12 days to reach our destination whereas an express train would take about 42 hours. Yet, we enjoyed the slow-paced journey from north-east to a peaceful barrack in western India. The leisurely journey had an anticlimax when our Khalsa boys, who had spread a tarpaulin sheet over the tracks for unloading and transferring the stores to the new location, forgot to remove it, derailing the train! Monsoon Queen Pageant Monsoon Queen Pageant will be held at Cariappa Hall of RSI on 13 July 2013 (Saturday) commencing at 8 PM. The event will comprise of Beauty Pageant combined with Cultural and Fashion Show. The event culminates in crowning of the Queen and Princess of the event. Young ladies are encouraged to give their names for the contest, (Contestants for May Queen & May Princess 2013 already registered will also be considered) which is open to all lady members between 20 to 35 years of age and unmarried daughters of members from 13 to 20 years as on 13 Jul 2013. Fabulous prizes are in store for the winners. There are other prizes and hampers for various segment winners. Participants can download application form from the RSI Website or seek the same from RSI Reception. Preliminary round and Grooming Session will be held at RSI Cariappa Hall on 07 July 2013 (Sunday) at 5 PM and participants are required to be present by 4.30 PM. Monsoon Queen Pageant Sale of Tickets & Food / Bar Coupons The sale of entry tickets, food / bar coupons for the Monsoon Queen commences from 10 am onwards on 01 Jul 13. Tickets will be available at RSI Reception. Members are requested to purchase entry tickets food / bar coupons well in advance to avoid last minute rush / disappointment. By Lt Col DK Havanoor (Retd) Rates of Entry tickets will be as under :- Members / Spouse & Dependent Children above 15 Yrs Temp / Reciprocal Members Guests & Children above 15 Yrs (Max 4 guests for Primary members) Dependent Children 10 to 15 Yrs Guest Children 10 to 15 Yrs - Rs.100/-each - Rs. 200/-each - Rs 250/-each - Rs.50/-each - Rs 100/-each Breakfast Service and Order - 8 am Last Breakfast Order - 10.30 am Food and Beverages Indian Kitchen & Buffet Lunch Chinese & Tandoor Lunch Services and take away order from 12.30 pm. Last Lunch order and take away Order 2.30 pm. Dinner Services and take away order from 7.30 pm. Last Dinner order and take away order 10.30 pm. Services and take away order from 1 pm. Last lunch order for A-la Carte 2.30 pm. Last lunch order for Buffet 2.45 pm. Dinner Services and take away orders from 8 pm. Last Dinner Order and take away order 10.30 pm. Weekly Buffet Programme ♦ Monday - Regular/Regional Buffet ♦ Wednesday - Chinese Buffet ♦ Thursday - Continental Buffet ♦ Friday - Regular Buffet ♦ Saturday - Regular Buffet / Ala-Carte ♦ Sunday - Biryani Food Festival Food Festivals - 2013 ♦ Rice Paradise Buffet - 08 July (Mon) ♦ Coorg Food Festival - 14 July (Sun) Revision of RSI Menu Rates Due to hike in prices of commodities in the market, specially LPG, RSI is constrained to revise the rates of food items on the Menu. Revised rates are put on the notice board as well as on the website. The revision is effective from 01 June 2013. Vehicle without RSI Sticker Vehicles without the RSI Parking Sticker will not be allowed to enter the RSI Premises. Library Snippets ‘March of a Foot Soldier’, a collection of anecdotes on experiences by Lt Col DK Havanoor, filled with abundance of humour and awe is available at RSI reception or could be obtained by post from RSI. The author may be contacted at [email protected] Obituary It is with deep regret that we convey the sad demise of the following members of RSI (a) Col MD Naidu,VrC (Retd) on 02 Jun 2013. (b) Capt (IN) R George (Retd) on 30 Apr 2013. May God grant peace to the departed souls and give courage to the bereaved members of the family to bear the irreparable loss. Medical Information ECHS HELPLINE : TOLL FREE : 1800 – 114 -115 All the queries pertaining to ECHS like M/Ship, Status of ECHS application, Procedure for availing treatment through ECHS, Emergency treatment procedure, Contractual employment, Address and contact of various polyclinics empanneled facilities etc. can be obtained from above mentioned toll free help line number. The facility is available 24 x 7 from any mobile/landline number. Tambola Wednesday 7 pm onwards Saturday 7 pm onwards Sunday 11 am to 1.30 pm Do You Know 1. IIMA, IIMB & IIMC denotes what? When was it founded and where are they located? 2. AANO BHADRA KRTVO YANTU VISHWTAH is an excerpt from VEDA. Which veda and what does it mean? Answers to last month queries: 1. ‘PBG’ is the oldest Armoured Regiment in the Indian Army. 2. ‘NAG’ is the 3rd generation Anti Tank Missile indigenously developed, planned to be inducted in the Indian Army. 3. ‘VIJAYANT’ is the nick name of Vickers Main Battle Tank operated by the Indian Army in 1970’s & 1980’s Winner : None Entertainment Programme 06 Jul Musical Programme by Shyam & Divyanshu 13 Jul Monsoon Queen Pageant 20 Jul Live Band Performance by S&M Associates 27 Jul Recorded Music at Band Stand 28 Jul RSI Spring Festival ; Flower Show Competition 11 am onwards 03 Aug Live Band Performance by ASC Centre & College Jazz Band 10 Aug Recorded Music at Band Stand 14 Aug Independence Day Eve Ball 26 Aug Goanese Band Fun Corner 04 Jul Nautanki Saala *ing Ayushmann Khurrana 11 Jul Murder 3 *ing Radeep Hooda 18 Jul Asshiqui 2 - *ing Aditya Roy Kapur 25 Jul Ek Thi Daayan *ing Imran Hashmi 01 Aug Life of Pi - Award Winning Film 08 Aug ABCD *ing Prabhu Deva Note: Pictures are subject to change, depending upon their availiability and quality of print. RSI CSD Timings/Holidays/STB Thur, Fri & Sun 9.30 am to 12.30 pm - 2 pm to 4.30 pm Wed & Sat 10 am to 1 pm - 2.30 pm to 6.30 pm Song of Jamaica Pleomele Reflexa Song of India which was featured in last month’s column has long narrow leaves that are green in the center and have creamy yellow edges. Song of Jamaica (Pleomele Reflexa) is very similar except it is more deeply green. This shrub grows usually 1½ to 2 feet tall but can grow as tall as four feet. The plants which are slow growing, look very full because the leaves are set very close together and all come from a center stalk. As the plant gets larger the stalk may bend from the weight of the leaves. Song of Jamaica likes moderate to bright light or indirect bright sunlight. It likes the soil to be barely moist at times but thrives in humidity. Bangalore and the settings of the RSI are ideal for this shrub to thrive. If you wish to grow this plant inside your home in Bangalore you can set your “Song of Jamaica” plant on pebbles placed in a tray of water, making sure that the pot is not sitting in the water. This will increase the humidity which is necessary for Song of Jamaica to thrive. Cmde Ray D’souza (Retd) (Entry Closes at 12.45 pm & 6.15 pm respectively) Lunch Break Monday Stock Taking Tuesday 1.30 pm to 2.30 pm 9.30 am to 12.30 pm Acknowledgement from RSI Bridge Batch 2013 25 & 26 Jul 2013 Weekly Off RSI Petrol Bunk Timings Members and Dependents: 9.30 am to 7.30pm Lunch Break 12.30 pm to 2 pm Tuesday Weekly Off RSI Contact details Contact: 25320557 Mobile: 9900232500 Military Tele: 6920 Library: 25323064 RSI CSD: 25559894 Pit Stop: 8970010333 [email protected] website- www.rsibangalore.in Publishing of Articles Members interested to contribute articles, (Not exceeding beyond 200 words) for publication in the ‘Tidings’ may forward it to Secretary RSI. Conceived and Designed by Eddyingbay 9880048609 The Bridge workshop which began in Dec'12 formally concluded on 21st June'13 . We,The Budding Batch express our huge gratitude to Col. Sharma and Mr. Manoj for ringing in new skills, new spirit, new friends, new purpose and new passion in our lives. A huge thanks to RSI Secretary and staff for their good support.
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